The fad of actors becoming directors needs to stop, and The Water Diviner further proves that point. The story is genuinely interesting and the film technically sound, but Crowe's directorial debut comes across as spacy and inconsistent. How this film shared the award for best picture with The Babadook at the Australian Academy Awards is something I'll never understand. On a side note, this was the last film of the groundbreaking cinematographer Andrew Lesnie's imacculate career. He will be missed.
New Zealand comedy legends Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement write, direct, and star What We Do In The Shadows, a mockumentary on par with something from legendary filmmaker Christopher Guest. Absolutely brilliant pacing paired with unrelentingly subtle comedic gold create a cult classic destined to go down as one of the best.
Despite the amateurish acting, the first twenty minutes of the rebooted Poltergeist managed to intrigue me far more than I thought it would... Then came the onslaught of jump scares without any tension to speak of. Wound up being just another Hollywood money grab lacking any real substance.